The Legend of Holly Claus
Santa Claus is the King of Forever, Land of the Immortals. When one special boy writes to Santa asking what no other child has ever asked, a miracle occurs: Santa and Mrs. Claus are blessed with a daughter. But the birth of Holly Claus also brings about a terrible curse--from an evil soul named Herrikhan. Holly's heart is frozen, and the gates to Forever are locked, barri...more
Reread 2014: Found out last year that this book is out of pri ...more
The Legend of Holly Claus is a cry book. It made be cry because of its wonder and beauty. Publishers Weekly said it was a “lush ...more
A young boy is encouraged to write to Santa Claus at the beginning of the story by his mother. Ten year old Christopher writes that he has everything he needs in this world, but instead asks the benevolent ruler of The Land of Immortals if there is anything he wants for Christmas. It is in this beautiful spirit of giving that this story takes flight. Unbeknownst to young Christopher, he plays a great role later on in the story.
When Nicholas Claus rece ...more
Tighten it up, delightful Christmas story. Keep it as it is and you have a somewhat ramb ...more
I found this book in a used bookstore and was enchanted by the cover. The illustrations throughout the book are equally mesmerizing, the detailed sketches of Holly and the Land of Immortals really fuel the reader's imagination.
The story is quite long but can definitely hold the reader's attention throughout. Many plot twists and side stories to engage young minds. It has 2 excellent messages about giving love selflessly and inspiring others to dream big and go for it ...more
The title and cover grabbed me first. The language drew me in, like a Dicksonian memory, and the story itself captured me completely. This is a story of Santa’s gift, not one he gives but one he receives, and a curse, one ...more
I absolutely couldn't resist thi ...more
It really adds so much to the story you never knew you were missing. You do miss the magnificent art from the children's book but the descriptions and character development make up for it. ...more
Firstly, there are many a book reviewer who would rate this book poorly for reasons I will discuss further down. Excepting technical aspects like spelling and grammar (I know this should be a given, but I live in both the self-published and traditionally published world), I tend to judge books based on what they’re meant to be, not an across-the-board system. I’m not going to judge The Legend of Holly Claus ...more
Holly's birth brings about a lot of change, to her home, The Land of Immortals. That change comes in the form of Herrikhan. An evil warlock who was cursed and imprisoned centuries ago, he di ...more
To say it all, this plot was very well-writte ...more
Born to the Clauses is their little girl, Holly, who becomes cursed with a heart surrounded by ice and forced to live her life very alone. With her friend ...more
Holly Claus is the daughter of Santa and Mrs. Claus, made possible by the magic that is created when a young boy asks Santa what he'd like for Christmas instead of providing a traditional Ch ...more
The book is written as if it was cut and pasted too much. Most of it felt disjointed and did not flow, while at other times it flowed quite smoothly. I believe there were so many back stories within the larger story that it became challenging knowing when to insert them. The result was often discontinuous and I had a hard time staying focused on the larger plot of the story. It was kind of like ...more
But the whole book was like that. One ...more
The story's felicity of language adds to the pleasure of reading.
Each character provides incentive for family discussion,
encouraging further exploration of history and mythology.
Vivid characterization supports remembrance of classical names
and natures for minds that appreciate education.
(Suggestion: Peruse the character list or glossary first.)
While framed in fantasy, the story depicts practical scenarios
that illustrate such constructive values as mutual helpfulness
and the ...more